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Associated Press, Published September 19 2013

New Town stabbing death trial goes to jury

BISMARCK — Federal jurors in Bismarck are deliberating the fate of a man accused of stabbing to death another man on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation.

Waylon Hicks has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder in the July 2012 slaying of 30-year-old Jeremiah Sage, of Halliday, at the New Town Marina.

Hicks is accused of stabbing Sage in the heart multiple times and slashing his throat. Hicks acknowledges killing Sage but says it was self-defense.

Prosecutors argued that Hicks had a hatred of homosexuals and acted violently because he was appalled another man would come on to him, not because he was afraid for his life.

Authorities found Sage's vehicle engulfed in flames, with his body inside burned beyond recognition.

KFYR-TV reports (http://bit.ly/19lgcgG ) the jury got the case Thursday afternoon.

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Information from: KFYR-TV, http://kfyrtv.com

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